About

Executive Leadership Team

FANHS-HTX is proud to announce our new Executive Board Leadership Team for 2020 – 2022!

Photo Credit: Pin Lim

Dr. Patlindsay “Pinky” Catalla-Buscaino

President

Dr. Patlindsay “Pinky” Catalla-Buscaino is the President of Filipino American National Historical Society – Houston, Texas Chapter (FANHS-HTX) and founding charter member since 2015.

Dr. Pinky has worked over 15 years in higher education and grass-roots community organizing.

Dr. Pinky received her B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Riverside, M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University. Her research interests are Filipino American identity, history, culture, and experiences.

Dr. Pinky has been involved in several AAPI/Filipinx American organizations and initiatives, such as developing Pilipino Americans Taasan Ating Kabataan (PATAK) Educational Programs, a founding member and officer for Filipino Young Professionals of Houston (FYP), Filipino Street Festival lead off-stage programmer, member of Filipinx Artist of Houston, supporting Region 7 for FilVetRep, keynote speaker for first Philippine Graduation in Houston, content contributor to Filipinos in Houston book, Boogie in the Park Fundraiser, Adobo Hoedown for Tropical Storm Washi Victims, Adobo Hoedown for Ondoy Victims, Filipino Integritas, Center for Asian Pacific American Women (CAPAW) Program co-chair for National and Regional summits in Houston, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) volunteer.

Dr. Pinky was awarded Outstanding Student for Asian Pacific Student Programs in 2006 from University of CA, Riverside, Youth Outreach Leadership Award in 2011 by Gawad Kalinga Houston, and Outstanding APIA Employee Award in 2011 by Organization of Community Advocates-Greater Houston.

Dr. Pinky is also creating a book of kuwentos/stories by Filipino Americans from all over the country. In her spare time, Dr. Pinky spends time with her amazing husband, Kevin, and tight-knit family, sings karaoke, dances, bakes, journals, and records her family oral history.

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Cybil Joy Pallugna-Saenz

Vice President

Cybil Joy Pallugna-Saenz is the Vice-President of Filipino American National Historical Society – Houston, Texas Chapter (FANHS-HTX) and a first generation Filipinx-American born in Chicago, Illinois to parents from Infanta, Quezon. She moved to Houston, Texas with her parents and older sister when she was in first grade and hasn’t left.

Cybil became involved with FANHS-HTX in 2019 after being invited by the Founder, Christy Poisot, to participate in the reading of the book, “Journey for Justice” along with her oldest son during its book tour with Gayle Romasanta. Soon after, Cybil became a paid member in 2020 and was selected to be Vice-President to serve alongside Dr. Patlindsay “Pinky” Catalla-Buscaino.

Cybil is also a founding member of Filipinx Artists of Houston and led the collaborative’s first event on October 19, 2019 at Rice Media Center called, “Filipinx Film Night: A Celebration of Filipino-American Experience”. It featured a group art exhibition and movies by three Filipinx filmmakers.

Houston Media Source is the first nonprofit organization Cybil worked for as its Marketing and Outreach Coordinator. She’s also been involved with the Houston Film Commission, SWAMP: Southwest Alternate Media Project, Houston Cinema Arts Society, Women in Film and Television – Houston and Longfellow Elementary PTA. She’s sat on panels at the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and Artist INC.

In 2004, Cybil produced the Fil-Am television show called “Halo Halo TV” which featured the Filipino community in Houston. Fast forward to 2020, after having three children and connecting with other creative Filipinx Houstonians, Cybil will be rebranding “Halo Halo TV” into “Halo Halo Houston” a web series featuring the Filipinx Culture within the Houston Metropolitan area.

When not serving her community, Cybil works full time for the Office of the Director at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She also loves to spend time with her husband, Alejandro, and their three boys, Apolonio, Benicio, and Alejandro III.

Anthony Pabilliano

Chief Financial Officer

Anthony Pabillano is the Chief Financial Officer of Filipino American National Historical Society – Houston, Texas Chapter (FANHS-HTX) and a current member.

Anthony received bachelor and master’s degrees in accounting from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and the University of Texas at Austin, and has worked in forensic accounting roles in both federal law enforcement and private consulting capacities for the past 8 years.

Since 2017, Anthony has volunteered as a board member and treasurer for the Visual Arts Alliance, a non-profit educational arts organization.

As an artist, Anthony visually celebrates the diversity and the individual stories of the people he meets in Houston. He has participated in local and national juried art exhibitions and is a member of an art cooperative (Archway Gallery) and a few art collectives (Filipinx Artists of Houston and Drawing from the Wound).

During his spare time, Anthony enjoys crocheting, knitting, playing tennis, cooking Filipinx desserts, learning about various esoteric topics, and hanging out in libraries, museums, and various coffee shops around town.

Danielle Erica

Executive Administrative Director

Danielle Erica is the Executive Administrative Director of the Filipino American National Historical Society – Houston, Texas Chapter (FANHS-HTX).

Danielle has worked in healthcare for over 7 years and has a strong passion for serving the local community. To expand upon that passion, she became interested in working with non-profit organizations to help them spread their messages.

Danielle earned her next degree in 2018, graduating with honors from the University of Houston with a B.B.A. in Marketing.

Danielle is proud of her Filipino roots and understands that her experience as a Filipino-American can relate to many others in the Houston area and around the country, which is why being a part of FANHS-HTX is important to her.

In her spare time, Danielle enjoys watching movies, playing her guitar and ukulele, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and pets.